Few discoveries have electrified the scientific community as the reported solid-state fusion reaction at the University of Utah. During the past six weeks, Utah's "fusion in a flask" has ridden a rollercoaster of ups and downs in the local and national media. The discovery and its discoverers have simultaneously been hailed and castigated, lauded and lampooned in headlines and on the 6 o'clock news:March 23 - B. Stanley Pons, a University of Utah chemistry professor, and Martin Fleischmann, an electrochemist from the University of Southampton, stun the scientific world with the announcement they've generated a sustained nuclear fusion reaction for 100 hours.
March 24 - Gov. Norm Bangerter announces he will call state lawmakers into special session to grant $5 million for developing and commercializing fusion energy.
March 30 - Brigham Young University physicist Steven Earl Jones breaks his silence on his discovery of room-temperature hydrogen fusion. Tension between two Utah universities ignites.
March 31 - Pons delivers his first scientific colloquium at the U., easing controversy between physicists and chemists at the school.
April 3 - Editors of the British journal "Nature" give the U.'s hot news the cold shoulder - "Cold (con)fusion" is how editors described the non-traditional way the U - announced its fusion findings.
April 8 - Legislature allocates $5 million to fusion research and development at the U.
April 10 - Texas A&M University becomes the first to replicate the U.'s research - Stanford and Case Western universities, as well as many foreign labs, announce follow-up confirmations.
April 12 - More than 7,000 scientists crowd into the Dallas Convention Center to hear Pons address the American Chemical Society convention.
April 15 - State of Utah announces it is spending $500,000 to hire attorneys to protect patent rights to cold-fusion experiments.
April 17 - U. chemistry professors Cheves Walling and John Simons announce theory supporting revolutionary claim.
April 19 - Governor signs bill allocating $5 million for fusion research and establishes Fusion/Energy Advisory Council.
April 24 - Department of Energy Secretary James Watkins directs nation's labs to intensify efforts to duplicate the U.'s fusion experiments.
April 26 - Pons and Fleischmann explain their experiment before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and ask for $25 million to build fusion research center in Utah.
April 27 - Fleischmann returns from England to U. lab to work with Pons.
May 2 - A "nuclear war" of words is waged against U. project by physicists attending American Physical Society's spring meeting in Baltimore.
May 4 - John Sununu, President Bush's chief of staff, postpones a meeting with Pons and Fleischmann; congressional committee cancels trip to view U. fusion lab.
May 7 - Pons and Fleischmann, and a large Utah contingency, leave Salt Lake City for Los Angeles to testify before the Electrochemical Society.